Elmswell FC Under 13s celebrate arrival of new kits and gear up for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in solidarity with best friends Lucas Newton and Oliver Doughty
A football team which was saved from folding earlier this summer is celebrating the arrival of their new kits.
Elmswell FC Under 13s was left without a sponsor before John Hennessey, owner of Hennessey Lifestyle in Great Whelnetham, saved the day.
The new kits will be given a unique twist this month, as the boys don one yellow sock to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
The move is in support of teammates and best friends Lucas Newton and Oliver Doughty who have both been battling cancer over the last year; Lucas with Hodgkin lymphoma and Oliver with lymphoblastic leukaemia.
Chris Doughty, Oliver’s dad, said: “Cancer should not happen to anyone, the magnitude of the diagnosis is a jagged pill to swallow for anyone, but the injustice of a child with this diagnosis is not only incredibly unfair, but absolutely crushing.
"Unfortunately within Oliver's and Lucas's journey they have met some amazing children with the same diagnoses, some of which sadly have not been as lucky as the boys and our thoughts are with their families.
"Childhood cancer month is in September, and we aim to raise awareness of this cruel disease. Our thoughts are with everyone who has had the misfortune of being in the same predicament as Oliver and Lucas, and for those who are fighting, we hope that Oli and Lucas offer inspiration as they both continue to fight and show resilience and strength together.
"We are all extremely proud of Oliver and Lucas and their friends of whom have also had to understand injustice in life at such a early age, but do so by standing shoulder to shoulder with them all the way."
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